The Baseball Writers Association of America revealed this year’s ballot on their site:
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, the two most decorated players in the history of Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards voting, and Craig Biggio, a member of the 3,000-hit club, are among 24 new candidates on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.
They join 13 holdovers from the 2012 balloting in which shortstop Barry Larkin was elected. Candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots submitted to gain entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Writers with 10 or more consecutive years’ experience make up the electorate, which must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Votes are counted jointly by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell and Ernst & Young partner Michael DiLecce. Results will be announced Wednesday, January 9, 2013, on the MLB Network and the web sites of the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA.
Every year the list of candidates comes out, I’m reminded at how “old” I’m getting by seeing the names of players I remember watching play. 2013 is no exception with guys like Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Biggio, and so on. (In fact, I remember every single player on this year’s ballot play.) I don’t especially care who gets in -- frankly, I think the HOF as a whole is somewhat watered down -- but it’s a trip down memory lane that always make me smile.
For the record, I don’t think Bonds or Clemens will reach anywhere near the required 75% of the vote. Given the Hall’s stance on Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose, to elect Bonds and Clemens would reek of complete hypocrisy. I’d venture to say that both guys likely won’t be elected until after their deaths, by the Veterans Committee. That makes the most sense to me.